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9 Souls
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Soul-less storytelling."
2 stars

Japanese prison break movie, concerning nine soi-disant misfits (you have the mad bomber, the porn king, the general loose canon, the born delinquent, etc.) who seek to escape “the asshole of the world” for another crack at real life.

The band of outsiders begin disbanding one by one in their habitat of choice (the escape artist-midget stays with the stripper he donated a kidney to; the oaf gets a job at a restaurant, and so forth), with a meaningless attempt by director Toshiaka Toyoda to inexplicably and arbitrarily determine the sincerity of their reintroductions to society. And at that, over the course of time, their own efforts are thwarted and rejected — with the exception of the midget — to be tracked down or break down all on their own. (It seems that the midget was the only sympathetic character to begin with, unfairly punished for assisting in euthanasia. The rest of the bunch were unredemptive murderers and malevolent reprobates.) If Toyoda’s pith was to show that these individuals could not re-enter society, in most cases, there is not conclusive evidence to support that; the oaf only breaks down once he’s been recognized. In other scenarios, most of their issues were irrelevant to the ills of the nation in the first place; it’s not the society to blame, but the person’s own choice of people they’re surrounded by. Toyoda is just as unsympathetic and ignorant to his characters as he blames the Japanese culture for being. With Kôji Chihara, Yoshio Harada, Itsuji Itao, Kee, Ryuhei Matsuda, Onimaru, and Mame Yamada.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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1/11/10 Noel reviewer is right, character arcs r bad.beautifully shot though,watch it. 3 stars
2/28/07 3 This is a splendid film, quite contrary to what this pedantic, trifling review purports. 5 stars
4/19/05 Alaric L i liked it 4 stars
10/27/04 DS A fantastic, humorous, and touching film. Nothing like what the review here suggests. 5 stars
4/16/04 Marcus Hswe A statement on the myths of masculinity - the other reviewer was entirely wrong. See it. 4 stars
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Directed by
  Toshiaki Toyoda

Written by
  Toshiaki Toyoda

  Koji Chihara
  Yoshio Harada
  Itsuji Itao Kee
  Ryuhei Matsuda
  Mame Yamada

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